After 14 years, the Incredible family greet us again on screen in a sequel standing strong with it’s original. We are happily reunited with the similarities of the Parr’s: Bob, Helen, Violet, Dash and Jack Jack. With most voices back, and the same director and writer, Brad Bird, the familiarities are perfect in nostalgia and reminiscing. I was a bit worried, it being 14 years passed, that it might have been a bit of a let-down, as each year passes, your hope naturally gets higher. Then further worried when I saw the trailer and no time had passed, regardless of the real 14 years between films. However, I was wrong to worry with the brilliance of this film, I was thrown back to the first time I watched ‘The Incredibles’, remembering the great Parr family once again. If you haven’t seen the first ‘Incredibles’ film, then I recommend that first off, the link can be found to my review here.
‘The Incredibles’ ended with the Underminer exploding through the city ground, announcing himself as a new villain, we saw the Incredible family get ready to fight him, then we were surprised with the credits. But fret not! Guess where ‘Incredibles 2’ starts? We finally witness what happens to the Underminer. And this leads nicely onto the new problem of the sequel.
‘Incredibles 2’ has quite a few stems to it, it’s not a straight forward film, I mean it’s not complicated, it is a children’s animation film still. I just mean all characters had their own problem, which all embedded into the normality of a family, however this family is super. A new tech company has risen and announces they are firm supporters of superheroes, regardless of the law against them; this brings in a rebellion against this law, a determination to legalise superheroes once again. Therefore, they band together Mr Incredible, Elastigirl and Frozone, with some new superheroes, who are fun and exciting, Void in particular has a great power! In a mission, they reveal the one who needs to bring back support to the community is Elastigirl, to Mr Incredible’s dismay. Desperate to be a supportive husband, he encourages his wife to proceed with the mission so he may eventually return to what he knows best: using his strength to fight crime. So as Elastigirl gets her time in the spotlight, Bob Parr is in need to gain a new superpower: parenthood.
Along the tired way, Bob discovers new powers occurring in the household, powers of being able to multiply, turn into a devil, set fire and shoot lasers from eyes, yes these powers are from the one and only baby Jack Jack. Jack Jack is brilliantly hilarious in this film, as he surprises himself with new powers from sneezes and laughs, he giggles and protests, runs away and returns for cookies. There is a necessity for at least one looking after the baby, although it’s not that easy, especially a super baby able to walk through walls. In the chaos of a baby discovering many new powers, Dash struggles with homework and Violet’s life is dominated by boy troubles. It’s brilliant that this superpower unrealistic family, can make an audience understand with day-to-day similar humour to their own.
I would 100% recommend this film, it’s just as good as the first! We also happily get a flash of the famous Edna returning. You do need to watch the first film to understand a few things, and honestly there is no reason you shouldn’t. ‘The Incredibles’ and ‘Incredibles 2’ are both amazing films, enjoyable in action and comedy. This sequel does have a scene which some young children might find a bit scary, in a cinema I could feel myself tensing, so for younger children this part may be a bit frightening. All in all, I think it was a great film, we all remember the Incredible family, so why wouldn’t you return to them after 14 years?